Democrats explode with rage during hearing after Swalwell is reminded of alleged affair with Chinese spy by GOP colleague

 April 27, 2023

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) was reminded of his alleged prior relationship with a Chinese spy by a Republican colleague during a committee hearing on Wednesday, and it did not go over well with the congressman or his fellow Democrats on the panel, Fox News reported.

Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) made reference to Swalwell's "checkered past" and "alleged affair" with "Yum-Yum," which prompted an expletive in response from Swalwell and outraged demands from other Democrats that the remark be stricken from the record.

The incident occurred during a House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement hearing on the border crisis and the alleged exploitation of unaccompanied migrant children, during which Swalwell had grilled one of the witnesses about the January 6 Capitol riot of 2021 instead of the topic at hand.

"You don't get to say that s--t"

According to the New York Post, a border security advocate named Sheena Rodriguez had been brought before the subcommittee to testify about the exploitation of migrant children that she claims to have personally witnessed at the southwestern border.

During Rep. Swalwell's time to speak, however, he chose to ask Rodriguez a series of questions about her alleged presence at the Capitol during the 2021 riot and refused to yield or return to the hearing's main topic when asked to do so by other members.

After Swalwell's time expired, it was Rep. Nehl's turn to speak, and he said to Rodriguez, "I apologize that you had to -- you’re here for a hearing on the border, [Democrats] don’t want to talk about a border. Mr. Swalwell is down there, obviously, everyone knows he’s made some comments. He’s got a checkered past. His alleged relationship ..."

"I’m sorry, a checkered past?" Swalwell interrupted, but Nehls reclaimed his time and added, "Alleged affairs -- relationship -- with Yum-Yum."

"No, no, no, no, no," Swalwell replied, "You do not get to say that s--t. That’s not true." But Nehls was undeterred and reiterated, "He had alleged relationships with Yum-Yum, and now he’s angry."

Other Democrats on the committee then jumped in and demanded that Nehls' words be stricken from the record, and following some discussion of the rules, the Texas Republican eventually agreed to withdraw his prior statement and rephrase it by simply noting that the California Democrat had been removed from the House Intelligence Committee due to the allegation of a prior affair with a Chinese spy.

Also called out by MTG last week

The Post noted that Rep. Nehls' remarks about "Yum-Yum" was actually a reference to suspected Chinese spy Christine Fang, also known as Fang Fang, who is accused of acting as a "honeytrap" and ingratiating herself with several elected lawmakers, including Swalwell, between 2011 and 2015 in an effort to obtain sensitive information.

A similar incident had happened about a week earlier during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing, according to RealClearPolitics, during which Swalwell accused certain Republicans, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), of espousing "anti-police rhetoric" with calls to "defund the FBI" in reference to the federal bureau's apparent political bias.

In response to Swalwell's remarks, Greene stated, "That was quite entertaining from someone that had a sexual relationship with a Chinese spy -- and everyone knows it." The Post noted that Democrats immediately objected and demanded her words be stricken from the record, but she refused to retract her statement and the committee chair declined to strick her words.

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